Can't go wrong with 7 Noomi Rapaces, unless you surround them with a complex sci-if future shown only through a few apartments and a corporate lair. A lot of ideas, not a lot of expounding.
Patricia Dumbrowski doesn’t look like the prototypical rapper, but Patti Cake$ only poses like a different kind of underdog story. The heart and pluckiness, and credible rapping talent, of its lead only carry the film so far before spirit is replaced by genre demands. This mixtape is full of over-sampled cover tracks that may give goosebumps in the moment before getting lost in convention.
Full review at Film Racket: filmracket.com/patti-cake/movie-review
Part of Criterionucopia 2012
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